Interstate 95 southbound and the ramp merging from Interstate 93 turned into a nightmare earlier this week as a tractor-trailer overturned and spilled its load of sheetrock across a number of lanes in the area. The accident only left one lane open for all of the morning commuters, according the Boston-Herald.
The Massachusetts tractor trailer accident closed roads near exits 37A and 37B through the morning rush hour. Many commuters were forced to travel along alternate routes.
“It’s going take a few hours to clean up, however there’s no injuries,” said state police Sgt. Matthew Murray. The accident occurred around 7:50 a.m. pushing traffic delays back as far as Peabody.
Our Boston trucking accident lawyers would like to remind all motorists to be extra cautious when traveling near these large tractor-trailers and semi trucks. While this accident did not injury any motorists, other incidents do not end as fortunately. Many accidents that involve these big rigs tend to result in serious, and even fatal, injuries.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were nearly 3,500 fatalities resulting from accidents that involved a large truck in the United States in 2009. Another 74,000 people were injured in these accidents. These large trucks are classified as vehicles having a gross weight of more than 10,000 pounds.
In 2009, the NHTSA reports that 21 trucks were involved in accidents with 441 vehicles. These are just the accidents that resulted in motorist death.
Trucking accident facts from the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety:
-Many truck-related accident deaths come with a large personal and financial bill. The cost of trucking accidents each year is well over $19 billion.
-These large trucks only make up about 4 percent of all registered vehicles and account for about 7 percent of all vehicle miles traveled. Still, they are involved in more than 10 percent of all accidents deaths.
-The number of deaths caused from accidents involving a tractor trailer equals the same as 26 major airplane crashes each year.
If you or a loved one is seriously injured or killed in a truck accident in the Boston area, contact Massachusetts Injury Attorney Jeffrey S. Glassman for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 877-617-5333.
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